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Community members are invited to attend the free first fall Community Journalism Workshop from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on September 12, 2017 at the Grand Rapids Public Library.
Community Journalism Workshop on February 21, 2017

/Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard

Community Journalism Workshop on February 21, 2017

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With Labor Day Weekend past us, the start of fall is right around the corner. The Rapidian will host its first fall Community Journalism Workshop on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the Grand Rapids Public Library from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

At this session, community members will hear a presentation from Rapidian staff about how to begin their journey as writers for The Rapidian.

The workshop will begin with an explanation of how The Rapidian works. We will also highlight our role as the online community journalism platform of Grand Rapids Community Media Center. GRCMC also includes WYCE 88.1 fm, GRTV and Wealthy Theatre.

"We host quarterly workshops to encourage and train new community journalists. Everyone has a story to tell or a passion to share. When you come to one of our workshops, we can help you tease out what you'd like to write about and also teach you the basics of writing an article,” said Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard, Rapidian Community Engagement Specialist. “Our fall workshop is also right before ArtPrize, so if you have an interest in writing about any of the art or events around it, please come and work with us on how to get the best coverage you can.”

The Rapidian was founded on September 15, 2009 and will celebrate its eighth birthday this year. Education, media literacy and fostering dialogue around issues are important components of the work we do at The Rapidian.

In the past year, The Rapidian has hosted multiple educational workshops at locations throughout the city. Once again this year, readers will find a dedicated section on during ArtPrize for exclusive stories and photos from community reporters and photographers.  

Community members can also regularly engage with staff members at events throughout the city where The Rapidian has a presence.

On September 12, come with your ideas, thoughts and questions regarding what issues matter most to you in the city. We aim to provide our readers and writers with the tools to craft their own stories and publish on The Rapidian. Be ready to learn the nuts and bolts of writing and reporting in citizen media. We will be going in-depth about community journalism, news and storytelling and publishing on the website.

Food will be provided for attendees as well as our new reporter kits to get you started and confident to go out into the world of storytelling. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP via the EventBrite Link to reserve your spot!

Kiran Sood Patel is the Managing Editor of The Rapidian and an Illinois native. She is a member of the Junior League of Grand Rapids and serves as Chair of its Beneath the Wreath committee. She is also the Educational Programming co-chair for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Grand Rapids.

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